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Stay Safe While Wrenching


 
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quadna71
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 24, 2005 2:33 am    Post subject: Stay Safe While Wrenching Reply with quote

it's wednesday afternoon, i'm in my garage working on the XJ - trying to swap out the rear shocks. things weren't going well so i had to do some cutting/grinding to gain access to the top of the shocks. i was wearing my safety glasses the whole time in the garage - and my mechanics gloves most of the time too. i used a grinder to cut the access tabs in the bed in back - but kept the area surround by damp rags to keep the sparks down. in the end all was fixed and i was happy - but later in the day things changed.

by 4 or 5 in the afternoon my left eye was bugging me - like there was a lash in it or something. i just sucked it up the rest of the day and chalked it up to dirt in my eye - not the first time that's happened. the next day it bugged me all throughout the day - even to the point where i could barely fall asleep that night. i hopped up around 11 that night for one more look around my eye to see if i could see the dirt or lash - and that's when i saw it. there was something black sticking right to the center of my eye - right on the border of my pupil and the colored section of the eyeball. yeah, not good.

first thing in the morning i headed to the optometrist at the base hospital hoping to get some relief to the pain. turns out there was a nice metal sliver straight into my eyeball as a result of the grinder throwing the sparks. well, a blacklite stain, numbing agents, a tweezer, and a half hour later the sliver was removed. fun - and that was when the drill bit started up. a small bit was used to slightly "core" out the damaged section - this would ensure the rest of the sediment and rust that had formed would be removed. yeah, that was the highlight of my day. the doctor said that i should've been there the day prior and that if i had waited much longer the rust would have broken through that last layer into the liquid in my eye.

long story short - my eye will be fine. i have drops that i'm putting in it 4x daily for a week...plus a follow-up visit to the hospital to verify it under their scope.

i just wanted everyone to know how important it is to use the right protection when we turn wrenches on our jeeps - or anything else we may do during our busy days. even the smallest little thing can have drastic consequences!
chris (thinking of upgrading his safety glasses for goggles)
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 24, 2005 5:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Glad you're alright man! I second the notion for taking your time and using all safety measures!
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 24, 2005 8:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I had a friend that had that happen to him...the doc said get the pain meds filled asap cuz he will be hurtin and he did drove the work truck home his eye hurt so bad glad your alrite man
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 24, 2005 9:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Chris, I'm glad you caught it in time. I think we've probably all done something similar, I know that if I'm just using something real quickly, I don't always take the time to use all of the proper safety equipment, but this is a good reminder.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 24, 2005 10:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Glad everything turned out ok!
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 24, 2005 4:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah glad your allright!

I got a metal shade in my eye at work a couple years ago. It just about pissed myself when the er doctor straped my head into this "head holding contraption" shock and then aimed a 6" long pick at my eyeball Shocked to dig the sliver out
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 24, 2005 4:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Glad to hear your okay. Had that happen one time, it sucks!! I got mine by getting on my hand and then rubbing my eye Sad
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